Lawyers licensed outside Texas can provide help to Harvey victims, Texas high court order says

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an emergency order allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in the state temporarily to provide pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims.
The order (PDF) allows out-of-state lawyers in good standing to practice in Texas for six months in two situations, the Texas Bar Blog reports.

First, practice is allowed if the out-of-state lawyer is retained by a legal-aid or pro bono program or a bar association that provides services to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Lawyers who want to help should fill out a temporary registration form here.

Second, lawyers licensed in other jurisdictions are allowed to practice in Texas if they are displaced from their home jurisdiction due to Hurricane Harvey and they practice in Texas remotely as if located in their home jurisdiction.

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Out-of-state lawyers can help with the FEMA appeals, which are administrative in nature, Brown said. The group’s website is here. Additional help for legal aid and volunteer lawyers responding to disaster is at the National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center.

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Traveling out of the country? Lawyers should consider using ‘burner’ devices

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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Lawyers should take precautions if they want to bring electronic devices with them, according to a program hosted Friday at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City called “Prying Eyes: Think Confidential and Privileged Client Information Is Safe at the Border? Guess Again.”
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Hinshaw & Culbertson partner Steven Puiszis, the firm’s general counsel for privacy, security and compliance, described the precautions taken by lawyers at many large law firms. They typically require lawyers to take “burner” laptops and phones with them that don’t contain client data. Lawyers can connect to the firm’s network through a virtual private network.
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Break Yourself: How to Vacation as a Solo Attorney–Lawyerist.com

By Jared Correia

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I work really hard, like most attorneys. But, I’m starting to feel like I’m burning myself out. I’m doing well financially, but I have to work all the time to do it. I’m comfortable working a lot. I just need a break sometimes. I haven’t gone on a real vacation in three years. I’m starting to feel like it’s impossible for a solo lawyer to take a vacation. Can you help?

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Lawyer settles suit over her detention for refusing to speak during traffic stop

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

A Philadelphia lawyer will receive a $30,000 settlement in a suit claiming her constitutional rights were violated when she was handcuffed and detained in a holding cell for refusing to answer police officers’ questions during a traffic stop.
 
 

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Undocumented Immigrants Can Practice Law in the U.S. – Greedy Associates

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By George Khoury, Esq

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California, New York, and Florida have all made national headlines for admitting undocumented immigrants. However, these states are not alone. Illinois, Nebraska, and Wyoming also permit undocumented immigrants to be admitted to their state bars.

While there have only been a few reported instances of an undocumented immigrant seeking admission to any state’s bar, this is expected to increase in the coming years as a result of DACA. Based upon when it was passed, and the age of the individuals it covers, there could a small wave of undocumented immigrant J.D.s seeking admission to bars across the country.

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Top 5 FAQs on Smart Contracts and Legal AI Services – Technologist

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Legal software keeps getting better and better. While the fear of being replaced by an artificially intelligent robot looms more closely for some lawyers than others, for the rest of us, the technological advances just make practicing law even better, and easier.

If you’ve been thinking about using smart contracts, or some other type of legal AI software or service, you probably have a few questions. Below you’ll find five of the top frequently asked questions on smart contracts and legal AI software.

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Things Lawyers Think Are Tax Deductible That Are Not–Lawyerist.com

By Steven Chung

When it comes to deducting business expenses from taxable income, the general rule is that the expense is deductible if it is ordinary and necessary in the regular course of business. Because this definition is broad, most business expenses are deductible as a matter of common sense. However, there are some statutory exceptions that many people do not know about.
 

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